Workshop on Ethics for judges and prosecutors in BiH

Ethics in the judiciary and strengthening public trust in judiciary

Published on: March 06, 2019

What are the most common ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the judiciary, how to best deal with them, and how to transfer the acquired knowledge in the field of ethics? These were the topics of the workshop for judges and prosecutors that took place today (March 6, 2019) in Sarajevo. More than 30 judges and prosecutors from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) attended the workshop, who are now trained to convey knowledge gained in ethics to their colleagues.

"After this workshop, I expect to be able to identify relevant ethical issues, effectively plan ethics training, master interactive learning techniques and be able to transfer acquired knowledge in order to raise the level of trust in the judiciary," said Marela Jevtović, judge of the Basic Court in Banja Luci.

A day earlier, on March 5, participants of the workshop were presented the Judicial Ethics Handbook which had been adopted by the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of BiH in January 2019.

The Handbook is a result of the cooperation of the HJPC's Working Group for the Improvement of Integrity and Responsibilities of Holders of Judicial Function and USAID's Justice Activity in BiH. Publication of the Handbook is implementation of another recommendation of the European Union which calls for improvements in the field of practical application of professional ethical standards through education of holders of judicial functions, which will lead to prevention of ethics violations.

These ethics workshops were organized by the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors (CEST) of the Federation of BiH and the CEST of Republika of Srpska, in cooperation with USAID’s Justice Activity. By the end of the year, two more ethics workshops will be held, in Mostar and Banja Luka.